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Since 1998, 100% of our athletes matriculate to college yet one-third require financial assistance. We have been challenged with an amazing $500:000 1:1 matching grant and invite you to join us on November 9th for a life-changing and inspiring evening. Purchase tickets here.

    WMS Boathouse at Clark Park

    Chicago Rowing Foundation (CRF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1998 with a grant from the U.S. Olympic Committee to make sweep rowing (crews of 4 or 8) accessible and available to students throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. CRF boasts a nationally ranked high school program, a growing middle school program, a recreational program for adults, and a nationally ranked adult Masters competitive team.

    CRF believes the community deserves a whole-person approach to programming. Through our introductory programs, we give new rowers the tools to live a healthier life, and the chance to gain confidence through strength and focus. For the more competitive Junior rowers, CRF coaches take a comprehensive approach to the physical, mental and social well being of their athletes. Rowing is a sport that demands cardiovascular strength, precise teamwork and mental focus, and our coaches cultivate these hardworking athletes into successful individuals and thus, winning teams. Our adult Masters program gives new and experienced rowers the chance to compete, or simply stay on the water for recreation.

    Our home, the Chicago Park District’s WMS Boathouse at Clark Park is the premier rowing center in the city, with year round training and facilities unmatched in the region. Through our partnership with the Chicago Park District, CRF provides low-cost community programs in addition to our existing recreational and competitive teams.

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    Video produced by Leigh Jones, Boomthrift.

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    Learn to Row in the Tank - Fall 2018

    07/12/2018, 8:30am CDT
    By Chicago Rowing Foundation

    The fall learn to row in the tank class is now open! Register below:

    Learn to Row in the Tank

    National Signing Day 2017

    11/10/2017, 6:15am CST
    By staff

    Six Varsity Rowers participated in National Signing Day to mark their official commitments to some very impressive schools!

    Kate Schildmeyer - University of Tennessee

    Charlotte Quinn - University of Virginia

    Victoria Landis - Lehigh University

    Jakub Wojcieszak - University of Pennsylvania

    Claudia Glasgow - Bucknell University

    Madison McGivney - University of Michigan

    Congratulations, rowers, for all your hard work! We're so proud of you!


    For more information about our programs, please contact:

    Maida Wallin
    Chicago Rowing Foundation
    Executive Director, Team Management and Youth Development
    773.495. 4523 |

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